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Bela Lugosi’s Iconic Cape from Dracula Acquired by the Academy Museum

November 1, 2019 by  
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We’re celebrating Halloween by announcing our acquisition of the cape Bela Lugosi wore as the title character in Dracula. Lugosi personally owned the cape, and in the wake of the spine-chilling success of this 1931 classic, he continued to wear it on stage and in personal appearances.

“After several years of discussions with Founding Director Kerry Brougher, who showed such care and appreciation of its important role in film history, it became clear that there is no better home for the cape than the Academy Museum, allowing movie lovers to view a piece of classic horror film history and enjoy Bela Lugosi’s acclaimed performance for years to come,” said Bela G. Lugosi, son of the iconic actor.

This legendary cape has been in the Lugosi family for over 80 years, and we are grateful Academy Museum visitors will be able to see it in person.



We’ve got another costume acquisition here, man! That’s right- we’ve nabbed the famous robe, shirt, and shorts that helped Jeff Bridges transform into The Dude in the 1998 cult favorite The Big Lebowski.

Other items from The Big Lebowski in our collection include coveralls worn by Mr. Bridges and a Pin Girl costume from the “Gutterballs” dance sequence, and outfits for the other Lebowski (played by David Huddleston). Dude, that’s quite a Big Lebowski mini-collection.



We’re proud to have several pieces worn by Shirley Temple in The Little Princess, donated by the Family of Shirley Temple Black.

This majestic gown, cape, crown, and scepter are in near-pristine condition, as many of the child star’s outfits could not easily be repurposed for other actors to wear. These truly are pieces of cinematic art.

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Photo Credits:

Top: Bela Lugosi in a scene from Dracula (1931), Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC and Margaret Herrick Library

Bottom left: Robe ensemble worn by Jeff Bridges as The Dude in The Big Lebowski (1998),
Museum Purchase, Photo by Joshua White, JW Pictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

Bottom right: Costume worn by Shirley Temple as Sara Crewe in The Little Princess (1939), Gift of Shirley Temple Black and Family, Photo by Joshua White, JW Pictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

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